(This and the above image links to a 1 min. YouTube Video that shows the setup Process)
the FLY ON THE WALL easel.
(Outer Stowed Dimensions 8 x 8 x 1.6″ Weighs only 1.2 lbs.)
Through the sheer devotion to immersing oneself IN the scene in order to paint it more authentically, the FLY on the WALL easel was born! Lets face it, there are certain places where setting up a standard sized easel is invasive to the experience of others, so it was a footprint issue, as well as a weight and size thing to tackle.
So… this thing is GREAT for painting interiors like bars, cafes, taverns, museums, and even the captain’s chair of your vehicle.
it also is FANTASTIC for hiking, backpacking, river trips, or just the end of the day when the light is fleeting, and all you have time for is a VERY quick small sketch.
Think also of the times you’re hiking or adventuring with friends that DON’T paint (bless their hearts). They probably don’t want to wait around for hours on you to finish a painting. But with the FLY on the WALL, you’re working big ideas up on a small scale, so the average time on the easel is 45 minutes!With this in mind….
It is the IDEAL easel situation for traveling. You can cover some ground, and NOT get hung up on finishing a larger canvas. You can explore a multitude of ideas in paint by moving on quickly, filling your camera card, and have more reference for your larger studio mock-ups.
It holds 6 small paint tubes, and your paint dollops can STAY in the upper inch of the top of the mixing area, wet and ready for the next session down the road, canyon or wherever.
Base camped at altitude, and making a summit trip?
Wanna paint up there or on the way?…THIS!!Trust me, you can do some damage on this thing in a short amount of time!!
This is the configuration of the included lanyard for the paper towel roll and your turp jar.
Everything is right where you need it!!I’ve cut this paper towel roll in half, and do this for this setup to stay light and small. You could also find a toilet paper that works well (something single ply and pretty absorbent).
Hang your turp jar also from the same lanyard, and try not to splash it all over the place, for Nature’s sake!
I use a pared down full color limited palette on this setup.Before you close it up though, make sure to line up the tubes nicely or it won’t close properly, as the allotted space is tight!
Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cad Red Light, Transparent Oxide Red or Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and Dioxizine Purple.
(The extra blue in there is Cerulean Blue Hue from Utrecht, a great color, but one of convenience)
Another very fun and effective palette of colors, perfect for this setup is the Zorn Palette (Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, and Ivory Black).
The small 90° angle metal brackets riveted on to the left wing hold the tubes back from falling into the wet paint dalups, when closed.
Ready for stowage..First the left wing with the paint tubes organized and in line between the aluminum angle brackets.
Then the right wing folds over and holds the other wing.Then the panel holder folds down over everything. Grab the rubberband hook from around the tripod and sling around entire unit for stowage. Ready for the next one!!
How BIG can I go?
A common question. The intended use of this easel is in the creation of miniature masterpieces. That being said, The EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubberband holds literally just about any size, but is intended for 12×12″ or less. While a 12×12 is possible, it may be a little flimsy towards the outer edges when painting on one, and strong wind will effect it. If you’re inside, it’s a non problem going bigger, but I would say a 9×12 is maxing this easel out when painting outside.
By placing the rubberband hook around the tripod head, during setup, ensures it won’t fling itself off the cliff in absent-minded use. And, when you disengage the plate from the tripod head, the rubber band just stays there until you’re ready to place it around the easel for stowage.
“What if I lose my rubber band thingee?”
We give you 2 of them. Lose one, email me…
The Fly lies flat on a table or your lap too, and can even be placed on the steering wheel of your car.
Now, of course, you’re not driving, you’re capturing foul weather in the warmth
and comfort of a PARKED car, while you jam to your favorite playlist!
Also perfect for that little budding artist in your family. Both of my daughters, Madison and Melody use one all the time!!
Light, small, packable, and EASY peasy lemon squeezy!!
Painting from life, doing the translation from 3D to 2D is paramount in developing keen observation, and painting skills!
NEAT STUFF AT A GLANCE:
* Its weight and size: 1.2lbs, 8 x 8 x 1.6″ Outer Dimensions when stowed.
*Palette size, 6.5×6.5″, can hold up to 12″ vertical/horizontal canvas panels.
*It nests 6 small paint tubes inside (one less thing to carry).
*Its footprint. It can sit in your lap, on a table, or on a modern tripod or steering wheel.
*Plexi-glass mixing area with neutral gray background, glass, or raw wood available also.
Nothing is stationary, work large later in the studio after you hone an idea in on-location.
POINT TO THE STANDS!!
Thanks for looking and reading, I truly hope this helps you in perpetuating your practice.
The world is your studio with the Fly on the Wall, or the larger Daytripper easels.
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